Food and Drug Administration officials said they found objectionable conditions at a North Idaho sprouts farm following negative test results for E. Coli bacteria.
Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Moyie Springs had been implicated as the potential source of an E. coli outbreak that had sickened 17 people in five states.
E. coli test results on the type of sprouts the victims ate had been negative on Monday but the FDA noticed some questionable things at the farm.
The owner of Evergreen Fresh Sprouts said the negative results showed that his product was safe.
Even after the test results came in, health experts said the farm was not clear.
Staff at the Spokane Regional Health District said they were not surprised that the results on the sprouts came back negative. They said FDA investigators were at Evergreen Fresh Sprouts weeks after the breakout happened. They added that all of the people who became sick with E. coli had reported eating the clover sprouts that were traced back to Evergreen.
Staff at the Spokane Regional Health District added that the particular strain of E. coli was very rare and was found in all of the patients during the recent outbreak.
The Spokane Regional Health District and others were advising people not to eat clover sprouts from Evergreen.